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What’s New in HTML & CSS: Shadows, Gradients, Transitions & More

HTML5 offers new flexibility, ease-of-coding, and other powerful new features. Similarly, CSS3 offers us more sophisticated properties and elegant solutions for styling and even animating elements.

Although the specifications for these languages have not yet been finalized, many modern browsers already support a large set of the proposed HTML5 elements and CSS3 modules. This class will show you a sampling of new techniques that you can use today in most major browsers.

Learn how to better structure your page content with new semantic elements, including native audio and video. Create drop shadows, text shadows, rounded corners, semi-transparent elements, and gradient backgrounds purely with CSS. New CSS Transforms and CSS Transitions let you produce simple animated effects without JavaScript or Flash (we don’t cover full-blown ad banner style animation in this class though).

This advanced level course is ideal for people who have experience coding webpages but want to learn what’s new HTML5 and CSS3. Knowledge equivalent to our Web Development 2 class is highly recommended, as is some experience with hand coding.

  • Flow text between columns, and create reflections with CSS3.

  • Use new HTML5 form tag elements to automatically add client-side validation without JavaScript.

  • Create beautiful pages with multiple backgrounds.

  • Learn when and how to use native HTML5 video tags with appropriate fallbacks.

  • HTML5 adds many new semantic tags to help keep your content organized.

What You’ll Learn

Section 1
Intro to HTML5 Semantic Elements


  • New Doctype
  • Header, Hgroup, Nav and Footer Elements
  • The Aside Element
  • The Article Element vs. the Section Element
  • The Outline Algorithm
  • Validation
Styling the New Elements


  • Simplified Style Tag
  • The Child Selector
HTML5 Enabling Script (Shiv)


  • X-UA-Compatible Meta Tag
  • Simplified Script Tag
  • Using the HTML5 Enabling Script (Shiv) for Internet Explorer
  • Setting New Semantic Elements’ Display to Block

Upcoming Classes

Price: $650 Click for Discounts

  • 12 hours of Hands-On Training
  • Custom Written Workbook Included
  • Mac or PC

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Section 2
Setting up SolarFlare


  • HTML5 Sectioning Overview
  • Using the HTML5 Boilerplate
  • Using Divs for Presentation
Getting Started with CSS3


  • Rounded Corners with Border-Radius
  • Drop Shadows with Box-Shadow
  • The CSS3 Gradient Stack
  • Using the IE Filter for Gradients
CSS3 Multiple Backgrounds


  • Working with Multiple Backgrounds
  • Combining CSS3 Gradients with Multiple Backgrounds
  • Using HTML5 Boilerplate Helper Class .oldie
Using the RGBA Color Model and Modernizr


  • Using RGBA For Backgrounds
  • Using Modernizr
Section 3
RGBA for Gradients and Shadow


  • RGBA for Gradients
  • RGBA for Box Shadow
  • RGBA for Text Shadow
CSS Opacity Rollovers


  • Setting the Opacity of Elements
  • Changing Opacity on Hover
  • Refining Styles for Navigation
CSS Transitions


  • Transition-Property
  • Transition-Duration
  • Transition Shorthand and the Transition Stack
CSS Transforms & Transitions


  • The Scale Transform
  • The Rotation Transform
  • Modifying the Transform Origin
  • Transitioning Transforms
Section 4
HTML5 Forms


  • The Placeholder Attribute
  • The Required Attribute
  • New Input Types: Email
  • Using Attribute Selectors
  • The Pattern Attribute and Regular Expressions
  • Client Side Validation—No JavaScript Necessary
Adding Rich Media: Audio


  • The Audio Element
  • Autoplay and Controls
  • The Source Attribute
  • MP3 vs. Ogg Vorbis
  • Fallbacks for IE 7 and 8
Adding Rich Media: Video


  • The Video Element
  • Autoplay and Controls
  • The Source Attribute
  • Theora Video vs. H.264 Encoding
  • Fallbacks for IE 7 and 8